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Over 32 years, the Puget Sound Writing Project

has become the University of Washington's single most successful humanities based K-12 partnership.

Puget Sound Writing Project: offers an Invitational Institute and an open Writing Institute for all K-12 teachers interested in writing and the teaching of writing. It also offers onsite workshops in partnership with schools and districts.

The UW offers 2013 summer writing camps for youth, most taught by PSWP-trained instructors . Contact www.summer-camp.uw.edu (see Short Courses) or call 206 543-2310.

The Puget Sound Writing Project is co-sponsored by the University of Washington's Department of English and College of Education, and by the National Writing Project. Community partners include Seattle Arts & Lectures, Powerful Schools and Hugo House.


Janine Shinkoskey Brodine

Janine Shinkoskey Brodine has been the PSWP K-12 Director since 2004. She has a Masters of Education in Reading and was a secondary teacher for 24 years. Janine is the co-author of Journals in the Classroom: a Complete Guide for the Elementary Teacher and Missing Pieces: Memoirs of World War II. She was a PSWP Fellow in 2000.

Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara is the recently-appointed PSWP UW Director. He has taught writing in the University of Washington 's Interdisciplinary Writing Program since 1987, offering courses in a variety of disciplines. He has published two books of poetry, Second Messengers and The Body & the Day, and for many years was the editor of Seattle's L'Epervier Press.

The Puget Sound Writing Project is funded by the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences and Department of English, and the National Writing Project. Cooperating partners include the UW College of Education, UW Office of Educational Partnerships, Seattle Arts and Lectures, Powerful Schools, Hugo House, and UW Extension.